Could you escape the Titanic?

Titanic sinking, painting by Willy Stöwer, 1912

What fare class, age and sex tell us about ship survival rates on the Titanic

A little after midnight on April 15, 1912, two terrible realisations came to engineer Joseph Bell.

The first was that the RMS Titanic was sinking.

The second was that there was only space for just over 1000 people in the ship’s lifeboats.

This number was less than half the total number of passengers and crew aboard the 46,000-tonne ocean liner. At least as many people would share its fate.

Perhaps Bell’s biggest fear - apart from his own fate in a rapidly filling boiler room